Stocks on the HCM Stock Exchange edged up on late buying on March 28’s afternoon, led by a recovery in blue chips.

The benchmark VN-Index regained over 2 points from the morning's loss to close up 0.09 percent to 446.32.

The volume of trades decreased 32 percent from the previous session, however, totalling 82 million shares.

The value of trades topped 1.4 trillion VND (67 million USD), while advancers piped decliners overall by 116-107.

Twelve codes saw trading volumes in excess of a million, most of which were banking, securities company, construction and mining shares. Sacombank Securities (SBS) was the most-active share, with 7.2 million changing hands.

Twenty of the 30 leading shares by capitalisation and liquidity rallied while only seven declined, helping lift the VN30 Index by 0.42 percent to a close of 504.54.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also reversed the morning's losses, finishing up by 0.77 percent to 75.53 points, with gainers outnumbering losers by 167-90.

The value of trades on the bourse dropped 19 percent from March 27, totalling 947.6 billion VND (45.1 million USD), while the volume of trades fell 15 percent to about 105 million shares.

Habubank (HBB) continued as the most-active share on a volume of 15.45 million.

Foreign investors increased their buys sharply, picking up a combined 436.5 billion VND (20.8 million USD) worth of shares on both exchanges.-VNA